As the rise in temporary workers continues to affect our industry, it’s important that plant managers have a strategy for managing this new crop of personnel. Many plant-wide initiatives, like a strong safety culture, for example, are grassroots efforts that come from the ground up. They succeed through repetition and camaraderie; through consistent training and knowledge of and respect for the equipment in use.
June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $426.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 5.8 percent from May and down 5.7 percent when compared with the total of $452.75 million reported for June 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,538.55 million, 2013 is down 5.7 percent compared with 2012.
Ecotality Inc., which makes charging systems for electric vehicles, said Monday that it could be forced into a sale or bankruptcy filing "in the very near future" after disappointing sales and suspension of payments from the federal government. The company said that it hired a restructuring adviser to evaluate options including new financing or a possible sale.
Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday. Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events.
How to sell a Lincoln in 2013: Make the dealership smell like luxury. And lay out some wine and cheese. After decades of selling hulking Town Cars to retirees, Ford Motor Co. wants the Lincoln brand to appeal to younger, more discerning buyers. Lincoln unveiled the sleek MKZ sedan this spring, and six more models will follow. It purged underperforming dealerships and is prodding the rest to make expensive updates.
The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced. Many worry the grid isn't fully prepared for the new and emerging challenges.
A company that provides reusable containers for parts at Honda's factory in Alabama says it has plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Pell City. AL.com reported Friday that Trinity Design Group LLC's nearly $1 million facility will initially employ 35 people with plans to increase to more than 70. The company focuses on sustainable packaging and the new facility will cover 32,000 square feet.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the latest results of their new small overlap crash test, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte did not hold up well, but the Honda Civic received the best crash rating. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly.
This advanced bearing technology provides up to six times the load capacity or 216 times the travel life of conventional linear bearings, according to the company.
The EHV/EHS features a new synthesized function producing a louder sound typically needed for in-factory assembly line environments.
The new Bar Feeder Alignment System features an instantaneous set-up using a self-centering laser tool, accommodates bores as small as ¾” diameter, and is AAA battery operated, says the company.
Ultra EL is a high-performance lubricant blend that provides advanced cooling technologies that allow air compressors to run cooler and more efficiently, even in high ambient temperature environments, says the company.
The new Grease Gun delivers up to 10,000 PSI operating pressure and features a new pre-set grease counter to dispense exact amounts of grease.
The C316 & C370 Series cold saws are heavy-duty mitering machines with a vertical column design that provides extremely stable saw frame guidance, stability, and vibration-free sawing, says the company.
TAZ offers the largest print volume in its class along with exceptional print resolution, quality, and accuracy, according to the company.
The three-session, online training package will feature Energy Charting and Metrics software, a free Microsoft Excel®-based tool that streamlines the analysis of energy use information from buildings.
This is the first time that a machine can be controlled with smart-phone convenience, according to the company.
The main feature of the new MultiLED is a very broad blue color range with a wavelength of 447 to 476 nanometers and high brightness.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced that it has consolidated the Smith Equipment oxy-fuel cutting equipment product line under the Miller brand.